mezuzah


mezuzah
/meuh zooz"euh/; Seph. Heb. /meuh zooh zah"/; Ashk. Heb. /meuh zoo"zeuh/, n., pl. mezuzoth, mezuzot, mezuzos Seph. Heb. /-zooh zawt"/; Ashk. Heb. /-zoo"zohs/; Eng. mezuzahs. Judaism.
a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deut. 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 and on the other side with the word Shaddai (a name applied to God), inserted in a small case or tube so that Shaddai is visible through an aperture in front, and attached by some Jews to the doorpost of the home.
Also, mezuza.
[1640-50; < Heb mazuzah lit., doorpost]

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also spelled  Mezuza (Hebrew: “doorpost”),  plural  Mezuzoth, Mezuzot, Mezuzahs, or Mezuzas, 

      small folded or rolled parchment inscribed by a qualified calligraphist with scriptural verses (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21) to remind Jews of their obligations toward God. The parchment is placed in a metal, wooden, or glass case so that the word Shaddai (“Almighty”) can usually be seen on the back of the parchment. After a special blessing is recited, the mezuzah is firmly fixed to the main doorpost of the home (to the right as one enters). It is a custom with some Jews to kiss the mezuzah as they pass it. The wearing of a mezuzah on a chain around the neck is a practice of relatively recent origin.

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